Board Charges

CEDI is charged annually by the President (in consultation with the Tuesday Group and College Council) to attend to issues of particular import to the community. The Leadership Board meets bi-weekly during the academic year to make progress on these charges.

These issues may be drawn from work related to campus climate, diversity, and inclusion that is happening across the College. This annual charge helps to give CEDI leadership clarity and flexibility. Progress is reported periodically to the College Council, and an Annual Report is submitted at the end of each academic year to Tuesday Group and posted on CEDI’s website for the sake of clarity and transparency.

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2020-2021 Charge

CEDI plays a special listening and hortatory role (part of the “conscience” of the College), being broadly
attentive to concerns about community, equity, and diversity on campus and raising issues that are not
being addressed elsewhere on campus. This group gives voice to student, faculty, or staff concerns and
strives to be proactive, educative, and communicative. When appropriate, CEDI helps to coordinate and
connect the many efforts supporting diversity and inclusion on campus.
As many individuals and groups at Carleton are engaging in anti-racism initiatives at this time, CEDI also
has a particular role to support and promote these efforts, in addition to creating and leading
opportunities for the community to come together to address issues of campus climate. CEDI’s charge
for 2020-21 includes the following:

  1. Oversee the development of required anti-racism training for faculty and staff, trustees, and
    alumni leaders, through the support of the Tuesday Group-appointed Project Manager and
    Human Resources staff. Assist in evaluating the first year of this training program, which has
    emerged from the work of the CEDI Action Team on Anti-Racism Training over the summer
    2020.
  2. Provide expertise, facilitation, and support for the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (IDE)
    planning effort endorsed by the Board of Trustees in August. Serve as a resource and valuable
    participant in the planning effort.
  3. Continue the two Action Teams that began their work last year:
    a. An Action Team to assess the experiences of Carleton’s Low Income/ First Generation
    students to identify areas where attention is needed to create more equitable
    opportunities; and
    b. An Action Team to consider how best to address the desire by some students to learn
    additional financial literacy skills.
  4. Support dialogue to enhance the engagement of the campus in conversations and activities
    that build community.
    a. Serve as gatherer of resources, events, and activities on anti-racism and communicating
    these out to the community.
    b. Support and foster staff, faculty, and student engagement in anti-racism conversations.
    c. Support and foster staff efforts to develop community and belonging informally and
    formally.
  5. As always, continue to monitor emerging issues and help Tuesday Group and the campus
    community respond in proactive ways. Help better understand current climate issues (details
    about which may arise through consortial surveys or other data or CEDI’s efforts to listen for and
    receive input) and consult with Tuesday Group on appropriate responses. Periodically assess
    current conditions of issues addressed through previous Action Team or Subcommittee work.

 


Charge Archives

2019-2020 Charge

  1. Post and publicize the completed diversity resource cataloguing project.
  2. Help reconnect the campus community with the Low Income First Generation assessment and report from May 2016 and the initiatives that have stemmed from that process. Raise awareness about resources available and support efforts to expand financial literacy opportunities for students.
  3. Increase CEDI’s visibility through campus outreach and work with Carleton’s governance structures:
    • Model ways of leveraging constituency representatives on committees to understand these groups’ perspectives and to strengthen communications with constituency groups.
    • Serve as a resource for community members and governance bodies that are creating programs or taking actions that reflect the College’s ambitions for community, equity, and diversity.
    • Partner, in a consultative role, with Student Life, the Dean of the College, External Relations, the Vice President and Treasurer, and the President in developing dialogue initiatives across campus.
  4. Assist, as needed, with implementing recommended changes stemming from the spring 2019 employee survey and be attentive to campus climate for staff as new ideas are considered and recommendations implemented.
  5. Support dialogue and other convocation and common time-related efforts to enhance the engagement of the campus in conversations and activities that build community.
  6. Continue to assist with campus communications about actions taken to address issues raised in the 2017 Bathrooms Action Team Report.
  7. As always, continue to monitor emerging issues and help Tuesday Group and the campus community respond in proactive ways. Help better understand current climate issues (details about which may arise through consortial surveys or other data or CEDI’s efforts to listen for and receive input) and consult with Tuesday Group on appropriate responses.

2018-2019 Charge

  1. Increase CEDI’s visibility through campus outreach and work with Carleton’s governance structures. Model ways of leveraging constituency representatives on committees to understand these groups’ perspectives and to strengthen communications with constituency groups. Serve as a resource for community members and governance bodies that are creating programs or taking actions that reflect the College’s ambitions for community, equity, and diversity. Partner, in a consultative role, with Student Life, the Dean of the College, External Relations, the Vice President and Treasurer, and the President in developing dialogue initiatives across campus.
  2. Complete the diversity resource cataloguing project by compiling and publishing online a report that offers students, faculty, and staff some examples of diversity initiatives at Carleton and directs community members to places they can go to access similar types of resources. The report should also draw upon the information collected in 2017-18 to identify places for synergies between efforts and advice on areas where duplication might be avoided.
  3. Host the first year of the website inventorying bias incidents of concern to the broader campus.
  4. Follow up on Common Time/Convocation Action Team recommendations, in coordination with the Convocation Committee.
  5. Assess the size and composition of the CEDI Leadership Board now that the new structure has been in place a couple years, with particular attention to the role of ex officio members.
  6. Assist in monitoring and communicating actions taken to address issues raised in the 2017 Bathrooms Action Team Report.
  7. As always, continue to monitor emerging issues and help Tuesday Group and the campus community respond in proactive ways. Help better understand current climate issues (details about which may arise through consortial surveys or other data or CEDI’s efforts to listen for and receive input) and consult with Tuesday Group on appropriate responses.

2017-2018 Charge

  1. Continue to develop and publish an online map/catalog of diversity resources available to our community. The objective of this project is to look synoptically across all we’re doing at the College, finding opportunities to connect efforts, address gaps, and identify places where efforts can be coordinated to increase effectiveness and efficiencies. As its primary audience, CEDI will convey to campus constituencies these resources, opportunities, and potential partnerships. Further dialogue will be needed to determine how this map would be of value or service to secondary audiences.
  2. Partner, in a consultative role, with Student Life, the Dean of the College, External Relations, the Vice President and Treasurer, and the President in developing dialogue initiatives across campus. 
  3. Consider ways of using community time (common time, convocation) and visiting speakers to advance a goal of building and sustaining community.
  4. Advise the Tuesday Group on how best to collect and share information about specific incidents reported to the College (such as graffiti) more broadly across campus in ways that can be helpful and contribute to campus dialogue.
  5. Assist in monitoring and communicating actions taken to address issues raised in the 2017 Bathrooms Action Team Report.
  6. Continue to track progress on current inclusion initiatives announced in the June 2016 campus communication, which stemmed from community conversations.
  7. Serve as a resource for community members and governance bodies that are creating programs or taking actions that reflect the College’s ambitions for community, equity, and diversity.
  8. As always, continue to monitor emerging issues and help Tuesday Group and the campus community respond in proactive ways.

2016-2017 Charge

  1. Develop and publish an online map/catalog of diversity resources available to our community.
  2. Help consider ways that Convocation can be leveraged to bring to campus a diverse set of viewpoints from a variety of perspectives. Recommend ways of engaging the community in public discourse stemming from the ideas presented.
  3. In concert with the Dean of Students and External Relations, develop ideas for connecting students with the upcoming elections and movements subsequent to them. How can students become active and find their voice on issues of key concern to them?
  4. Track progress on current inclusion initiatives announced in the June 2016 campus communication.
  5. As always, monitor emerging issues and help Tuesday Group and the campus community respond in proactive ways.